Expecting an aching neck from looking skyward, Kimberly Damon discovered a lot more to do at a hot air balloon festival, including getting up close and personal with a 900lb silk cow, kicking back with live music, and how to take a balloon "ride" without spending a fortune.
Traveling in Europe is a fun break from the American routine, but Rebecca Rice is determined to keep up the new cultural habits when she returns to the U.S.A. Roll-your-own cigarettes, leisurely lunches, and three cups of espresso a day? Yes please.
When Teresa Bergen was growing up across the street from San Diego's Naval Training Center, civilians were barred from the huge tract of land. Now Teresa -- and everybody else -- can shop, dine, run, bike, attend performances and festivals, and admire the nautical details of the old navy buildings. Liberty Station is poised to become San Diego's major new arts and culture district.
From studying Islam in Turkey to helping out in the rice paddies in rural Indonesia or bedding down in a yak-hair tent with Tibetan nomads, here are 8 of the world’s best "live like a local" experiences.
From sampling witchetty grubs at New Zealand’s Wildfood Festival to mud sliding in South Korea or munching on oyster tacos to celebrate the Californian oyster harvest, these 10 festivals are some of the world’s most unique celebrations of local produce.